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The Morkill River is a tributary of the Fraser River in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Morkill River
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Physical characteristics
SourceBig Shale Hill
 ⁃ locationPark Ranges, Rocky Mountains
 ⁃ coordinates53°35′48″N 119°46′29″W / 53.59667°N 119.77472°W / 53.59667; -119.77472[2]
 ⁃ elevation1,990 m (6,530 ft)[1]
MouthFraser River
 ⁃ location
Loos, Robson Valley
 ⁃ coordinates
53°36′45″N 120°42′17″W / 53.61250°N 120.70472°W / 53.61250; -120.70472Coordinates: 53°36′45″N 120°42′17″W / 53.61250°N 120.70472°W / 53.61250; -120.70472[3]
 ⁃ elevation
646 m (2,119 ft)[1]
 ⁃ locationgage 08KA013[4]
 ⁃ average37.8 m3/s (1,330 cu ft/s)[4]
 ⁃ minimum3.72 m3/s (131 cu ft/s)
 ⁃ maximum420 m3/s (15,000 cu ft/s)

The river is named after Dalby Brooks Morkill, an employee of the British Columbia Land Survey. He assayed the Morkill area in 1911 and 1912.[5]


The Morkill River originates at Big Shale Hill in the Park Ranges of the Rocky Mountains near Interpass Ridge on the continental divide. It flows generally west through the mountains, collecting many tributaries including Cushing Creek, Forgetmenot Creek, and Hellroaring Creek.[6] The Morkill turns southwest as it enters the Rocky Mountain Trench. It joins the Fraser River at Loos, in the Robson Valley portion of the Rocky Mountain Trench.

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  1. ^ a b Elevation derived from ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model, using GeoLocator, and BCGNIS coordinates.
  2. ^ Derived using topographic maps and TopoQuest.
  3. ^ "Morkill River". BC Geographical Names.
  4. ^ a b "Archived Hydrometric Data Search". Water Survey of Canada. Archived from the original on 24 December 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2013. Search for Station 08KA013 Morkill River below Hellroaring Creek
  5. ^ Akrigg, GPV; Helen B. Akrigg (1998). British Columbia place names. Vancouver, B.C.: UBC Press. p. 180. ISBN 9780774806367.
  6. ^ "Morkill RMZ". Robson Valley Land and Resource Management Plan. Integrated Land Management Bureau - Province of British Columbia. Retrieved 3 June 2013.